New Delhi, November 15: To meet the growing demand for mobile broadband services, Finnish telecom products maker Nokia is all set to start manufacturing 5G- ready ‘AirScale’ multiband base station in India from its facility at Oragadam near Chennai. The Chennai factory was established in 2008 and is Nokia’s biggest production unit, serving both domestic and global markets. “Nokia will begin manufacturing its 5G-ready AirScale multiband base station at its state-of-the-art facility at Oragadam, near Chennai, to meet growing domestic and global demand for mobile broadband,” the company said in a release.

AirScale which is world’s first triple-band radio offers huge capacity and connectivity to support future traffic growth while reducing space requirements and the costs associated with it. Nearly half of all radio base stations produced exported to global markets from here. Reports state that Nokia’s Chennai factory has doubled production in 2 years to 4 million base stations in 2017. The new product will be exported to many countries where 5G penetration is available.  The Nokia AirScale multiband station supports advanced network features. It allows service providers to increase performance in their networks and prepare for the evolution of 5G.  The company’s Chief Operating Officer Monika Maurer said that Nokia said that it will ship the product to global customers by next week.  She said that over 9 years the factory has helped telcos roll out new technologies faster

As per reports by The Hindu, Nokia has tested and manufactured the new product in small numbers at its Finland plant but plans to have the ‘mass production’ at Oragadam factory. The product has been built in a way that it supports existing networks like 2G, 3G and 4G. In case of 5G, the service provider will only be needed to update their software. The Nokia 5G- ready ‘AirScale’ multiband base station will cater to the growing domestic and global demand for mobile broadband.

 “By 2020, there will be 46 billion devices fuelling demand for mobile broadband. This will create a greater need for energy-efficient and compact AirScale broadband base station offering huge capacity and connectivity”, Nokia said in its release. Federico Guillen, President- Fixed Networks, Nokia was quoted by The Hindu saying that initiatives like smart cities will take India on the path to smarter and more connected nation through the higher use of the high speed broadband network. Higher usage of broadband increases a country’s GDP, he said.